Voki Tip of the Week: Adding Accent Marks to Text-to-Speech

Voki Tip of the Week: Adding Accent Marks to Text-to-Speech


There are many ways to add an accent mark to your text-to-speech audio for your Voki, but this a the coolest tip we found on our Teacher’s Corner Forum.

It looks like a great way to avoid copying and pasting from Word, you can just enter these ALT codes.  Here’s how it works:

“When Num Lock is turned on, students can hold down the ALT key while typing a 4-digit number on the right-hand number pad (NOT the regular numbers which run straight across the top of the keyboard) and it will make the desired character. Examples:

ALT 0231 = ç (c cedilla)

ALT 0232 = è (e grave)”

So, let’s say you want your Voki to recite an excerpt from Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Arbolé, Arbolé . . .”

Here’s what you’d like your Voki to read:

Arbolé, arbolé,
seco y verdí.

La niña del bello rostro
está cogiendo aceituna.
El viento, galán de torres,
la prende por la cintura.
Pasaron cuatro jinetes
sobre jacas andaluzas,
con trajes de azul y verde,
con largas capas oscuras.

Here’s how it would look if you were to type it out using ALT codes:

ArbolALT+130, arbolALT+130,
seco y verdALT+161.

La niALT+164a del bello rostro
estALT+160 cogiendo aceituna.
El viento, galALT+160n de torres,
la prende por la cintura.
Pasaron cuatro jinetes
sobre jacas andaluzas,
con trajes de azul y verde,
con largas capas oscuras.

And here’s an example, using on of the Voki Spanish voices.

You can find the full list of French accent ALT codes here and Spanish accent ALT codes here.

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6 thoughts on “Voki Tip of the Week: Adding Accent Marks to Text-to-Speech

  1. Actually, copying and pasting from Word is probably easier than memorizing all of those alt+codes!

    Here’s an easier way yet!
    For Windows, set your keyboard to the English International input and then you just press the single quote (‘) and then the vowel to get the accented vowel. Easy!

    And the best part is that this is a system level solution, so it works in ANY application, local or web!

    Here’s a doc with more detailed instructions – http://carlatech.pbworks.com/w/file/27661707/keyboard_intl10HO01c.doc

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    1. If you are in word, without even changing the language, you can hold ctrl and then push ‘ (apostrophe). Then, let go of everything, then push your desired vowel and you’ll get the spanish accent mark on your vowel. The process is the same for the ñ, except you hold ctrl + shift then push the ~, let go and push the n and then you have your ñ.

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  2. A very wide range of symbols is available using the Altcodes. (Unless Voki goes to Greek and Russian, most are more useful outside of Voki)

    Character Map ( found on Windows : AllPrograms/Accessories/System Tools / Character Map; a similar thing is Word /insert/symbol) lists the codes for the selected symbol as well as allowing the symbol to be copied. After typing the code a few times it is indeed faster to type from memory than to cut and paste; for rare symbols it is easier to have the Character Map open in the background and cut/paste as needed.

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  3. i don’t know where to find info on French in modern languages because there is a lot of help and blogging for Spanish. And i just wanted to know how i could make the most out of my voki experience. also is there a way to slow down the voki that we create because when i text-to-speech it rushes it and even when i put comma’s and start a new line sometimes the voki creation merges words together when they don’t need to be. if you could help me that would be fantastic.

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